James Roe MBE

James is a double world and Paralympic champion in the LTA mixed Coxed Four.

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He started Rowing with his local club when he was 12 years old, after first stepping into a boat as a cox and he has been involved with the sport ever since.

He was a new member of the adaptive squad in 2009 and his first GB vest was at the Varese International Regatta in the Legs Trunks and Arms adaptive  mixed Coxed Four (LTAMix4+), where he won gold on both days.  He raced in the same boat class for the Munich World Cup winning gold.

James won gold in the Adaptive mixed Coxed Four at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan; this success achieved by a crew with two rowers and the cox completely new to World Level rowing that year.  

At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro in New Zealand, James - along with his crewmates Ryan Chamberlain, Kate Jones, Kelsie Gibson and cox Rhiannon Jones, won a silver medal in the Adaptive mixed Coxed Four.  They narrowly led the race until the dying 100m when the Canadians surged to take the lead, crossing the line four-tenths of a second ahead of the British boat to win gold.  Germany took the bronze.

Earlier in the season James won gold in the LTAMix4+ at the first World Cup in Bled.  This followed the two gold medals he won in the same boat at the Varese International Adaptive Regatta in May.

At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, James won gold in the LTA mixed Coxed Four with crewmates Pamela Relph, Naomi Riches, David Smith, and (cox), Lily van den Broecke.

In Munich at the first World Cup of 2011, James raced in one of two GB LTAMix4+ boats to take gold with Germany in 2nd and the other GB boat taking bronze.

At the final World Cup of the 2012 season in Munich, James raced in the LTA mixed Coxed Four, once again winning gold.

At London 2012, James made his Paralympic debut with the mixed Coxed Four, where the team took gold with a time of 3:19.38.

James graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2009 with a BA degree in Fine Art.  When he has time he does some coaching at Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club.

In the 2013 New Year's Honours, James was awarded a MBE.

James has a visual impairment.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • LTAMix4+: gold
  • 2012 Munich World Cup, Munich, Germany
  • LTAMix4+: gold
  • 2011 World Rowing Championships, Bled, Slovenia
  • LTAMix4+: gold
  • 2010 World Rowing Championships, Lake Karapiro, New Zealand
  • LTAMix4+: silver
  • 2009 World Rowing Championships, Poznan, Poland
  • LTAMix4+: gold




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